While flipping channels mindlessly the other day, I ended up on the fast money round of Family Feud, just as the host said to the contestant, “Name a household chore that you don’t mind doing.”
The contestant flashed a split-second look of massive confusion before reluctantly spitting out an answer. When it was the second guy’s turn to answer the same question, he flashed the same look. Eyebrows furrowed, squints formed, and lips pursed like he had just taken a bite out of a lemon, he looked as though he thought it was some sort of trick question. The first guy ended up going with “vacuuming” as his answer, while his brother went with “washing the dishes.” Neither of them however got the top answer which was doing laundry, so their team unfortunately went home with empty pockets and a bruised ego.
But you know what, guys? I’m SOOOO with them.
I mean, who knew people actually liked doing laundry? That can’t be true, can it?
For me, laundry has two major strikes against it:
1. Time. Laundry requires a huge time investment. You can’t just set it and forget it like our trusty pal, the dishwasher. No, a few loads of laundry means an afternoon or a night reading magazines at the Laundromat. And you have to be on the ball too, ready at any moment to rebalance the washer, transfer clothes into the dryer or fold shirts before they get wrinkled. And don’t even get me started on putting clothes away after they’ve been cleaned. Ain’t nobody got time for that!
2. Effort. I don’t know about you, but I am still baffled by the whole laundry-sorting process that we are supposed to follow. Cold water, hot water. Colored clothes, whites, darks and cotton-blends. it’s just too much. Too much! I usually end up just throwing everything into the same pot (which probably explains why my once formally white t-shirt is now sporting a pinkish hue).
For all those reasons and more, it’s great when you’re lazily watching Family Feud on the couch and your roommate, or sibling, trucks on by carrying a basket full of clothes. If you’re lucky enough to get that, “Hey, need to throw anything in here?” then it’s show time!
You’ve got maybe a minute or two before the washer starts filling up, so now’s your chance to immediately drop everything, run to your dirty clothes and start flinging out everything you need over the next few days. Do it fast, run back to meet them, and thank them profusely as you toss your clothes in their pile.
Then it’s back to the couch for the Triple Money round, where you can rest easy knowing you’ll have some freshly-cleaned undies for tomorrow morning.